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Griffith eyes $18.9 million budget for 2015

GRIFFITH | Griffith is looking at an $18.9 million budget for 2015.

October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Waste district officials seek way forward amid 'embarrassments'

Parking spaces and scissors may be key to reforming "embarrassing" spending practices within the Lake County solid waste district, several board members say.

October 06, 2014 8:00 pm
Some Lake waste district officials want review of take-home vehicles

Some Lake waste district officials want review of take-home vehicles

The 34 new vehicles were purchased over 13 years, with a combined price of $1.2 million.

October 05, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Dining on the taxpayer dime

Taxpayers picked up the tab for at least 565 restaurant bills totaling $38,594.29 for Lake County solid waste district employees and their guests since 2008, a Times computer-assisted review of the agency's credit card bills and receipts shows.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
Solid waste district spent tens of thousands on 'luxury' items

Solid waste district spent tens of thousands on 'luxury' items

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board was created by the state Legislature to promote recycling and divert trash from landfills.

October 04, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

The Lake County solid waste district terminated the contract of its longtime executive director Wednesday amid accusations he misled board members about a $751.14 designer purse and accessories given to a female subordinate.

September 03, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

At least four Lake County solid waste district board members are calling for a review of an agency tuition reimbursement program after learning it wasn't created by board vote and isn't written in any official district policies.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm
Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

At least four Lake County solid waste district officials said they were misled last month by district Executive Director Jeff Langbehn regarding the purchase of a $751.14 graduation gift for a female government employee.

August 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Lake County government employees prefer payroll to pension

CROWN POINT | Government workers get little in the way of respect or pay raises, and the state is cutting pension annuity payments for those who haven't retired by Oct. 1

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

Griffith road projects on schedule

GRIFFITH | The town's massive road and alley project is right on schedule and within its budget, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.

July 31, 2014 6:03 pm

Lake County waste officials trash district's spending practices

Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Vets' admission to monuments paid in blood

MARC CHASE: Vets' admission to monuments paid in blood

If you lock someone out after he or she already paid admission, an angry protest is sure to follow.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Official: Political will wanes for trash consolidation in wake of trash-to-ethanol

The collapse of the trash-to-ethanol plan earlier this year killed any political will for a consolidated garbage disposal contract in Lake County, a top waste official says.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am

Differences over Hammond Sanitary District rates raise a stink

HAMMOND | City officials and the town of Griffith are having a bureaucratic brawl that is completely in the sewer.

July 13, 2013 8:45 pm

New Lake Co. solid waste chair: No more unproven trash proposals

The Lake County solid waste board should steer clear of commercially unproven processes when considering future plans for consolidating the county's trash disposal, the board's chairman said.

May 06, 2013 8:00 pm

Plan capping Calumet Twp. spending headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | It took six years of explaining, arguing and working around legislative roadblocks, but Griffith is now just a few pen strokes away from having a path to exit Calumet Township.

April 18, 2013 7:30 pm Related
Griffith a great place to live, work or visit

Griffith a great place to live, work or visit

There are a number of things that make Griffith a great place to live, work or visit.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Trash-to-ethanol debate pauses until after election

Some Lake County Republican officials are crying foul over the cancellation of last week's solid waste district meeting, dubbing it a possible political ploy to push a discussion past the general election.

October 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Powers given another month in quest for trash-to-ethanol plant financing

Powers Energy of America remained in breach of contract with Lake County's solid waste board but was given another month to try to prove it can finance its long proposed trash-to-ethanol plant.

July 19, 2012 9:30 pm

Powers passes 1st benchmark

Lake County's trash-to-ethanol saga will continue — at least another 30 days — after solid waste district officials decided developer Earl Powers satisfied two benchmarks toward filling a perceived breach in his contract.

May 17, 2012 9:45 pm
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